How to fix Internet Explorer Errors

By Kefa Olang

Internet Explorer is one of the most commonly used Web browsers. Like other Web browsers, it allows you to browse the Internet for content including media, shopping and educational information. There are times it runs into display and network errors, which interfere with browsing. With some simple troubleshooting steps, you can resolve these errors. When all else fails, you can uninstall the browser and reinstall a fresh copy with ease.

Step 1

Reset Internet Explorer. To do so, click the Windows "Start" button and click "Internet Explorer" to launch the Web browser. Click the "Tools" menu and click "Internet Options" to open the options console.

Step 2

Click the "Advanced" tab and click the "Reset" button under "Reset Internet Explorer settings." Click "Reset" again. The Internet Options console resets the browser settings and configurations.

Step 3

Click "Close" when the resetting is complete, and restart Internet Explorer again. Continue with normal use if you are no longer running into errors or display problems. Go to the next step if you are still experiencing difficulties.

Step 4

Clear the browser cache. To do so, click the "Tools" button on your Web browser and click "Internet Options" to open the Internet Options console.

Step 5

Click the "General" tab and click the "Delete" button under "Browsing History," if using Internet Explorer 7. (If using IE8, go to Step 6.) Click "Delete all." Click the "Also delete files and settings stored by add-ons" check-box and click "Yes" to remove temporary Internet files, cookies, saved passwords and additional files that cause browser errors. Click "OK" to close the Internet Options Console. Close and relaunch your Web browser.

Step 6

Launch Internet Explorer 8 and click the "Safety" button from the command bar. A pop-up menu opens. Select "Delete browsing history" and place a check on all the options (e.g. Temporary Internet files, cookies and more). Click "Delete" to remove browser cache.

Step 7

Uninstall the Web browser and reinstall a fresh copy if you are still running into problems. To do so, close the Web browser and click the Windows "Start" button. Click the "Control Panel."

Step 8

Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" to open the programs window if you are a Windows XP user. Double-click "Program and Features" and click "Uninstall a Program" to open the programs window if you are a Windows Vista user.

Step 9

Select "Show Updates" or "View installed updates" (Windows Vista users) on the programs window. Scroll down and click "Windows Internet Explorer." Click "Remove/Uninstall" to uninstall the browser from your computer.

Step 10

Go to the Internet Explorer download page (see Resources) when the uninstallation is complete and click "Download Now" to install a fresh new copy.